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January 30th, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
Living Under a Rock

With the possible exceptions of my father and (maybe-not-so-strangely-coincidentally) my father-in-law, I don’t know anyone who is as voracious a reader as I am. I also seem to consume an outlandish amount of television and there is rarely a moment in my life in which there isn’t music playing. Oh, and I love movies. Yet, […]

January 29th, 2010 @ 6:57 am
Friday Five: Favorite Places in Maui

 

  1. Black Rock, Ka’anapali
  2. Front Street, Lahaina
  3. Whaler’s Village, Ka’anapali
  4. Valley Isle Resort, Kahana
  5. Paia
January 27th, 2010 @ 7:30 am
Adventures with Microsoft Support

My XBox 360 broke near the end of December. I was playing EA Sports NCAA Football 10 at around 3 o’clock in the morning — with the Gators leading 45 – 10 against an unbeaten #2 TCU late in the 3rd quarter of the 2014 BCS Championship Game — when the screen suddenly went black. […]

January 26th, 2010 @ 6:51 am
You Could NOT Care Less

I can’t stand when people say, “I could care less.” “I could care less,” is one of those little things that drives me absolutely batshit crazy. If you could care less, it means you care. That’s not what you mean when you say that, is it? What you mean is that you don’t care. Someone […]

January 25th, 2010 @ 5:26 am
Spenser: For Hire

“Sometimes I get distracted by food; but mostly all I think about is women and baseball.” – Robert B. Parker’s Spenser My favorite author died on Monday, January 18, and he took with him my favorite fictional character. I was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. My dad, though — who lives in Rhode Island now […]

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“All I ask of you is one thing: Please, do not be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”

Conan O’Brien

January 22nd, 2010 @ 3:45 am
Friday Five: Natural Causes

Five atypical ways to die of “natural” causes:

  1. crushed by a falling tree
  2. shark attack
  3. hit by an asteroid
  4. fall from a cliff
  5. bee stings

“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs.
There’s also a negative side.”

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January 15th, 2010 @ 8:08 am
Friday Five: Favorite Things Containing Tomatoes
  1. my wife’s artichoke, mushroom, asparagus, tomato medley
  2. Penne Arrabbiata
  3. pizza
  4. turkey sandwich
  5. California Pizza Kitchen Broccolini and Sun-dried Tomato Fusilli
January 11th, 2010 @ 8:00 am
Dangerous Mistakes

I was blessed — or cursed, I suppose, depending on your point of view — to have my first “real” programming job in the medical field. I wrote software which managed the processing of human tissue (knees, fascia lata, femurs, etc.) for implantation into human patients. I was very young and very stupid at the […]

January 9th, 2010 @ 6:00 am
Snow Sharks

Calvin and Hobbes wasn’t in the Sunday funnies when I was young enough to be reading the Sunday funnies, so I sort of missed that whole boat. Every now and then I’d see a strip, though, and I always thought it was a great comic. (The “snow sharks” one was my favorite.) Someone gave me […]

January 8th, 2010 @ 8:46 am
Friday Five: Favorite Southern Cities
  1. Gainesville, Florida
  2. Ormond Beach, Florida
  3. Charleston, South Carolina
  4. Savannah, Georgia
  5. New Orleans, Louisiana
January 7th, 2010 @ 2:51 pm
BCS Citi National Championship Game Preview

Two great snippets from the EDSBS preview of tonight’s game: Weather: Perfect and Valhalla-ish, because it is California, the place that would be perfect if everyone else hadn’t already figured out the same thing and moved there before you did. 68 degrees and clear at the kick as the sun sinks in pink-red glory behind […]

January 5th, 2010 @ 1:01 am
The Best Damn Kudu He Can Be

“My favorite animal at the Zoo is the lesser kudu. You have to admire an animal with a name like that, laboring as he must in the shadow of the greater kudu. It must be like having an older brother who excelled at sports and academics in school, to whom you have always been compared […]

January 3rd, 2010 @ 5:47 am
Favorite Photos from ’09

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January 2nd, 2010 @ 6:04 am
2010 Sugar Bowl Notes

Most Total Yards – BCS Bowl Games Tim Tebow 533 2010 Sugar Bowl Vince Young 467 2006 Rose Bowl Mark Sanchez 429 2009 Rose Bowl Rohan Davey 427 2002 Sugar Bowl No. 5 Florida humiliated No. 4 Cincinnati 51-24 in a fitting end to the unparalleled career of these Florida seniors. Total domination would be […]

January 1st, 2010 @ 4:35 am
Friday Five: John Lennon Quotes
  • “When I was about 12 I used to think I must be a genius, but nobody’s noticed. If there is such a thing as a genius, I am one. And if there isn’t, I don’t really care.”
  • “I like the idea of saying everything in three minutes.”
  • “Love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard, or just think it’s gonna get on with itself. You gotta keep watering it.”
  • “Nobody controls me. I’m uncontrollable. The only one who controls me is me, and that’s just barely possible.”
  • “It makes me furious to be dumb because I don’t like dumb people.”